Griddled nectarines are a simple, nutritious and delicious way to enjoy cooking (and of course eating) this vibrant fruit. Heating the fruit causes the natural sugars to caramelise and gives a sweeter and more concentrated flavour. It also softens the fruit and changes the texture. Given their versatility, once cooked these can be enjoyed in a multitude of different ways that can be both gluten and dairy free.
The cooking process allows little ones to see how the fruit changes as it heats up and the preparation simply involves cutting up the fruit, which is something that toddlers can get involved with helping, too. It’s a good opportunity to learn safe knife practices and to discuss topics like fractions (halves, quarters etc) as well as learn unusual vocabulary like caramelised, glistening and griddling.
Griddled nectarines can be enjoyed in a number of different and fun ways:
- sliced up and put in salads, along with fresh rocket leaves, crumbled goats cheese and walnuts
- enjoyed in a wrap with chicken and leafy greens
- with a dollop of yoghurt or dairy-free ice cream on top
- a topping for pancakes or waffles
- on top of cereal or gluten-free muesli
- as a side for main meals like chicken
- cooled as part of an exotics fruit salad
- on top of pavlova or meringue (also gluten-free)
- chopped up and used in baking or pies
Basic griddling process:
- Cut the nectarines in half and remove the stones. (approximately 1 per person)
- Place the nectarine halves face down on a medium heat griddle pan for around 3-5 mintues
- **Careful not to move these around otherwise they have a tendency to stick to the pan.
- After 3-5 minutes, turn over.
- Once you are happy that they are ready, remove and cut/serve as required with your little helpers.